Transfer Students

In keeping with the goal of New Student Orientation, we have designed this program to meet the needs of incoming transfer students through the following:

  • Providing the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and information about campus resources and services.
  • Informing students on how to achieve academic success.
  • Encouraging interaction among current and new students to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Connection and networking with college administration, faculty and staff.
  • Introducing career planning to encourage thoughtful and informed decisions about coursework and major opportunities.
  • Informing students on topics related to financial matters which will bring attention to obligations, opportunities and responsibilities

Orientation Dates

Spring Transfer Orientation

Thursday, January 12, 2017 

Fall Transfer Orientation

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Orientation Schedule

Below is an example of a typical schedule for New Student Orientation for Transfer Students.

(60 min)
Hosted by CSUN New Student Orientation (NSO) Leaders
USU – Plaza Del Sol
*Light refreshments provided
University Welcome
President Harrison (TENTATIVE) / Office of Student Involvement and Development
USU - Grand Salon
9:15 am
(30 min)
Steps to Academic Success
Student Service Center/EOP Satellite Representative
Presented by a University Academic Advisor, this session will inform students on making purposeful decisions regarding their academic career; review resources towards the process of graduating; and answer possible questions regarding academic advisement, rules, and policies.
USU – Grand Salon
9:45 am
(60 min)
Commercials and Conversations
NSO Student Leaders
Incoming Students will be shown collections of videos and commercials gathered from various departments and offices on campus. These videos will be presented alongside similarly themed videos within 4 areas of focus: Access & Support, Student Life, Health & Safety, and Campus Events. After each segment, Matador Mentors will facilitate conversations with students in small groups, answering questions on the presented videos and providing supplemental information.
USU– Grand Salon
(60 min)
Campus Tour
NSO Student Leaders
Various Locations
(30 min)
Classrooms and Communities
Office of Student Involvement and Development
Sierra Center
*Lunch provided
(60 min) 
Lunch & Resource Fair                                                                                                                    
NSO Student Leaders
Campus Resources will have a tabling effort in the Colleague’s Room in the second floor of the Sierra Center. Here they will be able to connect directly with students, giving them direct face-to-face interaction with what CSUN’s resources and services have to offer. Resources typically bring giveaways and swag items.
Sierra Center
*Lunch provided

Orientation Essentials (what to bring, where to go, etc.)

We look forward to seeing you at your New Student Orientation. Here are some essential tips and reminders:

  • Parking  If you will be driving to campus, we have made arrangements for you to park in Student Lot G3 which is located off Zelzah Ave. & Prairie St. Parking permits will be distributed at the parking kiosk once you turn onto campus from the Prairie St. entrance. Orientation leaders will be available at the Parking Lot that morning, for assistance should it be needed
  • Check-In at 8:00 AM at the University Student Union. That location can be found on the general campus map which can be found by clicking here. Please have your photo ID. 
  • Meals Light refreshments (juice, water, coffee, and pastries) will be available in the morning, as well as a boxed lunch at the end of your orientation day.
  • Contact the orientation staff at orientation@csun.edu  or call us at (818) 677-4100 and ask to speak to someone regarding Transfer Orientation should you have any questions or concerns.
  • Schedule of Classes – It may be helpful for you to bring your schedule of classes with you as you’ll have an opportunity to identify buildings with your Orientation leader
  • First time Transfer Student Checklist – To address general questions and concerns (not related to orientation) you can refer to the University's First Time Transfer Student Checklist.


Click here to review the 'First-Time Transfer Student Checklist'

The Office of Student Involvement and Development is in the process of updating this year's NSO handbook & other downloadable materials. For your convenience, last year's versions are available to you. Updated versions shall be made available after Transfer Orientation.


2016-2017 Handbook

  • Steps to Academic Success


If you have any further questions, please contact the New Student Orientation staff at (818) 677-4100 or via email at orientation@csun.edu. You may also review the FAQs page for any questions you may have.

Disclaimer: The New Student Orientation website contains information authorized and available at the time of publication. Its content, including dates and fee amounts, is subject to change without prior notice or obligation.